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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

ALEXANDER YOK HUMBOLDT.                      9
that, in 1783, on the 19th May, when Frederic the
Great annually reviewed Iria troops in Spandau, and
the entire population, was on foot, Heitn with the Te-
gol fri(indw-—K.uiitli and his two pupils—were present
at tho review. Ilcim. resided in Berlin in 1783, and
im,iHt therefore have brought his friends from Tegel, or
have mot them in Berlin.
About this time the "brothers were sent to Berlin
•with their tutor,, in order to continue their education
with the hotter opportunities of the capital.    "William,
the older, occupied himself principally with languages,
and an neither he tier his brother visited any of the
schools., toacherB were engaged and selected "by Kxmth
to complete the special instruction he had commenced.
Alexander generally participated in, William's lessons,
but was less strictly urged to study, because he was
physically weaker than his brother, and learning was
more difficult for him.    Not till an advanced period
t of hift boyMi life did a light suddenly shine in his
mind, and then ho  had to make  greater  exertions
than his brother to keep pace with him in their com-
mon  wtudioB.    Alexander was  indeed  delicate and
nearly always ill, even in his university years, and it
wan tuomforo natural that Kunth should be less strict
in inciting him to study, especially as he still doubted
hi« abilities when he compared them with the rapid
acquirement** of William.   'Alexander, at a subsequent
poriod of life, ascribed his> weakness to an excess of
unhealthy secretions which accumulated in Ms frame,
but his friends, among others Forster, assure us that
Alexander's bodily ailments only arose in consequence
of the premature activity of his mind, and that this
OKOCHBIVO activity was caused by his desire to equal
his brother in. knowledge and acquirements.
They received instruction in the Greek language
from Loffler, at that time field .chaplain to the Berlin
(lomd'armes regiment, who had already published a
ratkmaliBt work on the fathers of the church and on
now Platonism, Ho was succeeded by a certain
Ftaolxer of the gray obiter, in Berlin, who was